White House: Obama supports deal

White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday that President Obama supports the budget and debt ceiling agreement reached in the Senate. 

Carney said the deal would reopen the government and "remove the threat of economic brinksmanship."

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He also said Obama applauds Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidWhat if there’s no 'Nuclear Option' in the Senate? Republican failure Senate about to enter 'nuclear option' death spiral MORE (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellSchumer: 'Virtually impossible' to reach deal on Gorsuch Two Dems announce they'll vote for Gorsuch Pence breaks tie, allowing Senate to revoke Obama order on abortion provider funding MORE (R-Ky.) for reaching the bipartisan deal.

"He believes that this agreement achieves what's necessary," Carney said. 

He added that the White House was calling on both the House and Senate to "act swiftly" to pass the measure.

Asked if he is confident if the House would pass the legislation, Carney replied, "We are not putting odds on anything."

It appears likely that the Senate will vote first on the measure. Sens. Ted CruzTed CruzWith Freedom Caucus dig, Trump masters the media ... again Texas Dem targets Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018 What are 'religious liberty' bills really about? MORE (R-Texas) and Mike LeeMike LeeKushner meets with lawmakers about criminal justice reform: report What are 'religious liberty' bills really about? Lee: Nuclear option justified after Dems used it in 2013 MORE (R-Utah) have said they will not seek to block it. 

The House Republican Conference is meeting later on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the deal. It is expected to approve it by the end of the day.

Republicans have cast themselves as losers in the battle over raising the debt ceiling and ending the shutdown given polls showing approval of the party tanking. Several GOP senators said they were glad the deal had been reached to prevent further injury to their party. 

But Carney told reporters Wednesday that "there are no winners" in the battle.

"We've said that from the beginning," he said. "The economy has suffered because of it and it was wholly unnecessary."